Accessibility to rehabilitation services is often difficult for people with disabilities who live in rural areas.
This study examined consumer satisfaction with a rehabilitation outreach approach that utilizes a mobile clinic to provide consultation services.
The descriptive survey took place in fifteen rural communities in eastern and northeastern Ontario, Canada.
Valid postconsultation mail surveys were completed by 143 consecutive patients with mixed diagnoses (or proxy family members) who had been seen during mobile clinic visits to their home communities (85.1% of patients approached).
There were 59 men and 84 women, with an average age of 58.7 years.
The main outcome measure was a consumer satisfaction scale.
A high level of global satisfaction was reported, with 97.2% of respondents reporting a preference for community outreach over the alternative of traveling to an urban rehabilitation center.
Enhanced accessibility was considered to be the major advantage of the outreach program, but concerns about the continuity of care were also expressed.
Providing interdisciplinary rehabilitation consultation services on an outreach basis is associated with a high level of consumer satisfaction.
From a consumer perspective, the outreach approach seems to be a viable way of addressing some of the rehabilitation needs of rural people with disabilities.
Mots-clés Pascal : Ontario, Service santé, Handicap, Satisfaction, Evaluation, Unité mobile, Réhabilitation, Homme, Utilisateur, Canada, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Ontario, Health service, Handicap, Satisfaction, Evaluation, Mobile unit, Rehabilitation, Human, User, Canada, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0589404
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 01/03/1996.